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the david petraeus scandal and the fbi's investigation. we're covering all the angles of his first news conference since the election. and israel retaliates for rocket attacks with deadly strikes and extremist targets. now hamas is warning that the gates of hell have been opened. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> eight days after his re-election, president obama faced reporters in the midst of an unfolding scandal and with a potential economic crisis holding over his head. but he only got riled up when he responded to republican criticism of his united nations ambassador susan rice. more on that coming up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave
. a shirtless fbi agent and another general and the media can't get enough. >> one of the officials describes the i'm as sexually explicit. >> apparently 20 to 30,000 pages of e-mails with jill kelley who set the fw bi on paula broad well. >> petraeus affair. >> biographer and mistress paula broadwell. >> schenn an begans. >> very explicit e-mails. >> friend employ, perhaps flirtatio flirtatious. >> is this story serious or just salacious. s that there been too much reckless speculation and has it overshadowed popp's agenda or the investigation of the investigation in ia reese role with benghazi. >> the consecutive executive steps down. can he jump-start a paper that's been through tough times? aisle ask him. a i'm howard kufrts and this is "reliable sources." >>> it is for the media the perfect storm when the combined sex, scandal, war, spying, and gossip, not to mention an fbi investigation and secret e-mails. the coverage of the petraeus scandal has been relentless, sometimes breathless, a tabloid tale in which the facts are often murky. >> the extramarital affair, we're told, was with one
threatening you. we don't know what happened there. that may have been what caused the fbi to be contacted by jill kelley. i'm purely speculating there. but that's where the fbi became involved and interested in the e-mail exchanges between jill kelley and general john allen. in his opinion, innocuous entirely, but that seems to be the spark that dragged him into this particular investigation. again, this senior official saying, no sexual relationship between these two people at all. >> all right. nick payton walsh for us, obviously this is having effects around the world, getting information, trickles of information pouring in from around the world. nick, appreciate your reporting, thank you. >>> let's go down to the pentagon for more on general allen's communication with jill kelley. barbara starr is there. we're hearing about tens of thousands of documents handed over to investigators, just how much contact really did kelley have with the top commander in afghanistan because the numbers sound just unbelievable, 10,000 documents. >> don't they? it sounds staggering. it might actually be
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contributor and former assistant director of the fbi. welcome, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> so kelley san honorary consulate to south korea. now they may fire her if events warrant. this is just getting embarrassing. >> well, i don't know exactly what they're firing her from since that really is a pretty meaningless term in the first place. if she gets demoted from some position that almost means nothing, so what? >> it's hard to understand all of these terms. honorary consulate means she helps the south koreans set up appear parties and stuff? she introduces them to people in the united states? do you know what an honorary consulate is? >> not exactly. diplomatic status is invoked by the host country, like south korea saying this person would be working in your country and we would like to accredit them as a diplomat. that means normally a citizen of south korea who will be assigned and posted in the united states. the status of diplomatic immunity -- diplomatic status, i should say, is pretty strictly contr controlled between the two governments and not just conferred out there. the hon
warns her that he's getting these e-mails, this is jill kelley. and jill kelley goes to the fbi and that is how this all unravels. now, speaking of general allen, he, of course, is the top u.s. and nato commander in afghanistan. he was nominated as the supreme allied commander in europe. and that nomination is on hold. but secretary panetta said that they have confidence in him. let's listen to panetta. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job at isap and leading those forces. he has my continued conference to lead those forces and continue to fight. but his nomination has been put on old because it's a prude measure until we determine what the facts are. and we will. >> right, john, obviously it's going to take a while because this is a very tangled situation. but they certainly are looking at exactly what is described as flirtatious e-mails that still remain to be seen what the nature of this was. >> jill, you talk about jill kelley at the center of this whole controversy and scandal. we have
-mails to an fbi agent friend, and that ended up triggering an investigation. those e-mails eventually turned out to be sent by paula broadwell. that would be david petraeus' biographer. and eventually turned out his mistress, as well. we mentioned it was a web, didn't i? and it is. the affair exposed general petraeus and he was forced to resign as the cia director. well, now the general john allen, who is the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, is being investigated for trading alleged quote flirtatious e-mails with ms. kelley over the last couple of years. we're hearing from ms. kelley for the first time in a 911 call to t don't know if by any chance, because i'm an honorary consul general, so i have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but now it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like, you know, it's inviolable. >> all right. no problem. i'll let the officers know. >> thank you. >> meantime, the senate intelligence committee wants to be briefed both by petraeus and his repla
is at the epicenter of this scandal. new this is morning she is not likely to face charges. fbi agents raided her home, taking computers and other documents earlier this week. finally, we now know the identity of the fbi agent who first investigated the whole mess. by now you probably know him as the shirtless agent, the guy who sent a shirtless photo to jill kelly, the other woman involved in this mess. fbi agents name is frederick humphries, over those supposedly harassing e-mails now linked to paula broadwell. hope you got that. >>> controversy over benghazi, as you know, has reached a boiling point, though. yesterday at his first press conference, being row elected, president obama has strong words for anyone who blames u.s. -- united nations ambassador susan rice for the benghazi response. here is what the president said. >> as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> oka
. >> and naked fbi -- >> shirtless. >> shirtless. you're right. naked, that would be a story. >> we have a job, one, to tell important stories it could have been with national security. i don't think it's gone in that direction. >> we don't know it's important yet. >> agreed. >> if there are classified documents involved, if there's a national security breach, yes. but there isn't. we just have a lot of e-mails. >> you have important stories and you also have things that people are talking about. and interested in. i would put this in the latter category. >> so many twists and turns and it's real housewives mixed with every soap opera you've ever thought of. >> yes. >> you're asking the media too much to ignore this story. >> who said ignore? >> shirtless fbi, twins, two four-star generals and 20,000 e-mails. too much. can't ignore this. >> candy, candy. >> that being said -- >> cost him his job, it was an important story. the question is -- i think the bigger question is, do people in the military have a right to privacy? do these people have -- if your head of the cia, do you still have a ri
the shirtless fbi agent? he'll be there. >> they're calling this the first national security scandal that involves the cia, fbi, omg, and wtf. >> all right. "early start" continues right now. >>> no let up despite talk of a cease fire. bombs rain down on gaza. rockets crash into israel. now global fears of a full-scale ground war. >>> david petraeus in the hot seat. the ex-cia chief heads to capitol hill this morning with members of congress demanding answers. >>> and steering clear of the fiscal cliff. president obama's drawn his line. will republicans now draw theirs? both sides faceface-to-face thi morning at the white house. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start" i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. let's get started. a summit on the nation's looming fiscal cliff begins in just a few hours from now. president obama, and four top congressional leaders will meet at the white house for talks. that raises the curtain on a six-week push to beat a january 1st deadline. if no deal is reached by then, $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts simply start taking
here in the united states. >>> and the fbi is calling the arrest of one of its ten most wanted fugitives, quote, a big deal. authorities held a news conference today after finally catching up with joe signs in mexico. he had been on the run for 14 years. the suspect is accused of killing four people in the los angeles area and the person who tipped off police will get a $100,000 reward. >>> the u.s. military is recalling some body armor plates used by special operations forces in combat due to a manufacturing defect. it says the problem was only detected in a small percentage of plates and no service members were killed or wounded as a result. special operations command is issuing an older generation of plates until a full inventory of replacements is manufactured. >>> and this could have been a bombshell evidence in the casey anthony trial. and the orange county sheriff's office is calling it an oversight. cnn affiliate wkmg reports that prosecutors and investigators missed important computer evidence that showed the florida mom may have researched how to kill her 2-year-old d
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